UPDATE 09/22/2022: A powerful video has gone viral on social media from comedian Tehran.
In the past few days, more deaths among protestors have been reported as the outrage spreads like wildfire. At least eight people have died so far, and fury has reached new heights after Amini’s father spoke out about authorities lying over his daughter’s death.
According to CNN, Amini’s father was told that his daughter died of a heart attack but had no underlying conditions. Amjad Amini said, “They’re lying. They’re telling lies. Everything is a lie … no matter how much I begged, and they wouldn’t let me see my daughter.”
When he was finally allowed to see her body after her death, Amjad explains that Mahsa’s body was completely wrapped, and the only bit of skin visible was her feet – which he says were covered in bruises.
The government has shut down internet access and issued warnings to try to quell the unrest, but it’s spreading anyway, with more flash protests popping up all the time.
The original story continues below:
Unrest in Iran follows the death last week of a 22-year-old woman named Mahsa Amini.
Amini was arrested by Iran’s morality police, which is a dedicated unit that enforces strict dress codes for women, including wearing the compulsory headscarf.
Last Tuesday, Amini and her family traveled from the Kurdistan region of Iran to Tehran to visit family. According to witnesses, she was grabbed by the police unit and shoved into a car, and her family never saw her alive again.
Amini died after falling into a coma while in police custody, and her brother says she had been taken for “re-education.”
Amini’s funeral was held Saturday, and it sparked a wave of protests across the country which have become a conflagration.
Protestors have clashed with those trying to quell them, and human rights groups claim 7 have been killed so far. Hundreds have been interested in what some are calling “flash protests” which spring together quickly and disperse before the military can respond.
Social media has reacted swiftly to Amini’s death, which many are calling a horrifying cause of police brutality and sexism which turned fatal. In one stunning video, a protestor cuts her uncovered ponytail short in front of a crowd, as protestors roar in support. Videos of hijabs being set alight are sweeping the world.
Protestors have been heard chanting, “Women, life, freedom,” and “death to the dictator” as the state government continues to avoid addressing it publicly.
Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei promised a “thorough investigation” into Amini’s death, but it’s clear that the people aren’t waiting for the unlikely justice.